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1861 L.G.Y. Contract Rifle

Posted by Stuart Jamison on Thursday, 30 June 2011, at 9:30 p.m., in response to Re: 1861 L.G.Y. contract rifle, posted by rasmus on Sunday, 26 June 2011, at 6:36 p.m.

This is probably more info than you want, but here goes: In 1861, the US gov issued contracts for about 1.5 million rifle-muskets which were to be identical in every detail with the service weapon (Model 1861) being produced at Springfield. Most of the contracts were fulfilled to the letter, but four (Colt, Lamson Goodnow & Yale, Amoskeag, and E.G. Lamson) turned in something not at all like the regulation '61. Still, the gov accepted them,redesignating them "SPECIAL' models. At this point, I'll leave it up to ya'll to find the secret of the Specials, but I'll drop a couple of clues Answer these questions: Who was Jarvis, and what was he doing in London in 'i61? How did these obviou P's53s get to American production lines disguised as Springfields ?How and why did their origins remain a secret so long? This is a fun rifle to study.


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